Originally posted at My Carmel Blog
So often when you begin the process of buying a home, everybody knows a REALTOR you should use; but how do you find the right Carmel REALTOR for you. Things like experience, knowledge of the local Carmel Real Estate market and availability will enter into your decision. As well as Trust…you want someone you can trust with such a big decision. Here are some things to consider as you start the process of searching for a home for sale in Carmel.
The Metropolitan Board of REALTORS has 5,800 members. There were 75% of those agents that did less than 10 transactions last year. And of the remaining, only 250 agents wrote more than 30 transactions last year. That says that there is a small pool of experienced agents and in this business experience is priceless.
It is so much more than sitting down and listening to what you want; it is asking why those things are important to you, it is watching you in the homes and listening to your emotion and the questions you ask, it is understanding your motivation, it is shaking the etch a sketch sometimes to find a house that is perfect for you that you hadn’t thought of.
It is so much more than opening the door; it is the way we look at the home ( we look for wear/tear, water issues, cleanliness), the analytics we do with the history of the home and comparables in the neighborhood, it is the way that we negotiate and the way that we troubleshoot the issues to protect you in the process.
If you are a first time buyer, come visit our first time home buyers clinic that we hold each month; registration is required. But we have a Real Estate agent, a lender and a home inspector go through the process (45 minutes) and then have a Q & A. We give you some great handouts to take with you too.
I am one of the 250 agents that wrote more than 30 transactions last year; and at the end of the day, I want to sell you “I gotta have that house”; not “that house will do”. I have experienced many hurdles over my career since 2001 and while I probably haven’t seen it all…I’ve seen a lot. Every transaction will typically have a least one blip…find an experienced Carmel Real Estate agent you can trust.